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Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Declaration for Donations Blood Drive

Milwaukee – June 24, 2019

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin will host the 18th Annual Declaration for Donations Blood Drive Monday, July 1 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

As a token of gratitude, all attempting donors will receive a free ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair (Aug. 1-11). Complimentary child care, parking, breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

Childhood cancer patient thanks donors with special greeting card

Harlow Millies from Hartland was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2017. All of a sudden, a happy and healthy child began fighting for her life.

She set out on an intense two and a half year treatment plan, receiving multiple blood and platelet transfusions to help her body recover from the grueling chemotherapy. Now 9 years old and still in treatment, Harlow and her family are thanking blood donors for their life-saving generosity and helping her battle cancer.

“Blood donation is so important to so many people, and especially to kids like Harlow. We’re thanking donors and asking the community to donate blood, because it provides patients with the greatest gift of all – the gift of life,” says Harlow’s dad, Josh.

In appreciation for the life-saving gifts they provide, Harlow and her family will give donors personalized thank you cards on July 1 at the Declaration for Donations Blood Drive.

Significant summer need

Blood donations decrease in summer months, when the need is often the greatest to treat accident victims and others in emergency situations. Summer can often mean higher numbers of traumas than at other times of the year – which makes the need for O negative blood all the more critical. To make an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or visit versiti.org/bcw.

Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

About Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Milwaukee that specializes in blood services, esoteric diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and stem cell donation, medical services and leading-edge research. We advance patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. The collective efforts of Versiti affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit versiti.org.

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